Stephen Jones remembers Gennady:
We musos may be critical of conductors (cf. Norman Lebrecht, The maestro myth: great conductors in pursuit of power), but don’t get me wrong, we deeply admire great ones—such as Boulez, Tennstedt, Gardiner, Rattle (unlikely bedfellows…).
Read on here.
Some called him Father Christmas, taken from the meaning of his Russian name.
And maybe his habit of giving musicians a half-day off when he was bored in rehearsal.